Doctoral Programs

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is committed to conducting inventive research—work that informs solutions to complex social problems and promotes the common good. As an R1 university, the Lynch School’s world-renowned faculty and expansive initiatives improve communities and influence local, national, and international education and policy. Our doctoral students put their analysis into action, while faculty members help guide students’ growth as critical thinkers, reflective leaders, and engaged citizens.

The Lynch School has five departments:

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Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Access to a breadth of top-notch practice opportunities in diverse mental health settings, including universities, schools, hospitals, and outpatient community mental health facilities.</li> <li>All students have opportunities to advocate for social justice through their research, clinical work, teaching, and outreach.</li> <li>Training begins right away with the unique First Year Experience program and continues through the Advanced Practicum.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Become part of the next generation of counseling psychologists who are poised to make critical advances that expand beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and clinical settings.</p>
Psychologist Professor Researcher
Curriculum & Instruction, Ph.D.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Actively addresses social inequities and contributes to creating a more just society.</li> <li>Multiple opportunities to engage in hands-on curriculum and praxis-focused research.</li> <li>Choice of specialization: Language, Literacy &amp; Culture; Critical Perspectives on Schooling: Race, Class, Gender, Disabilities; Leadership, Policy, &amp; Educational Change; or Math, Science &amp; Technology.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Designed to develop professionals who have the knowledge, intellectual disposition, professional skills, ethical sensibilities, and leadership potential to make a difference in the lives of all schoolchildren.</p>
Researcher School Principal Teacher Leadership Professor Director of Curriculum Superintendent
Educational Leadership & Policy, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Draw on social-justice values and leadership strategies to boldly improve equitable opportunities for traditionally marginalized students.</li> <li>Non-Licensure tracks in Educational Policy Development and Social Justice Leadership.</li> <li>Licensure track leading to school principal licensure.<br> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Assume a leadership role in educational systems serving students, families, and communities.<br /> </p>
School Principal Researcher Dean of Students Superintendent School Vice Principal
Higher Education, Executive Ed.D.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Online program with yearly week-long summer residencies, allowing candidates to maintain their career while working towards a doctorate.</li> <li>Catholic Higher Education concentration available. </li> <li>Program culminates in a practice-based capstone project.<br /> </li> </ul>
<p>Develop the skills, mindsets, and technical knowledge to match the changing pace of higher education in this program designed for experienced professionals. <br /> </p>
Dean of Students Vice President for Enrollment Chief Diversity Officer Director of Global Initiatives Vice President of Advancement
Higher Education, Ph.D.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Coursework engages with important issues facing higher education from a multi-disciplinary perspective (history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, economic and political science).</li> <li>Boston College's Center for International Higher Education provides a significant global focus to the Higher Education program.&nbsp;</li> </ul>
<p>Prepare for a career in teaching or research in the field of higher education with a focus on equity and social jusitce.</p>
College President Education Attorney Vice President of Enrollment Management Professor Dean of Colleges
Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, & Assessment, Ph.D.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Examine institutional programs, design quantitative research studies, develop assessment instruments, and analyze organizational data to help inform policy-making.</li> <li>Research Assistantships drive students to produce conference presentations, publications, and consulting opportunities.</li> <li>Opportunities to collaborate on research with faculty to better integrate theory and practice.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Hone research methodology and data analysis skills to inform policy-making in education and other critical areas.</p>
Professor Researcher Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies Senior Vice President of Research Director of Innovations Lab